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January 02, 2020 2 min read

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Sometimes high levels of pain can make you turn to treatment methods that actually hurt you in the long run. Many enticing treatment options work well at first, but end up making the problem worse overall.

While there are many ways to try to ease your chronic pain, not all of them are effective. Stay away from these treatments to help avoid long term problems.

Handful of pills

Using NSAIDs

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are commonly used to treat inflammation. The problem with this approach is that inflammation is generally a symptom of whatever is causing you chronic pain. NSAIDs have been shown to speed up the breakdown of cartilage in some arthritis cases.

NSAIDs were never meant to be a long-term solution. However, many pain patients will continue taking them to get any pain relief.

Long term NSAID use causes extreme damage to your intestines. The longer you use it, the more your gut will suffer. Then, you’ll have another problem to treat on top of your chronic pain.

Weathered, aging hands pouring out hydrocodone

Using Opioids

There are a lot of problems with prescription pain medications. Most of them come with a slew of side effects that can seriously mess up your life. Opioids are also highly addictive and often lead to severe addictions that require professional intervention.

If you use opioids for more that 4 weeks, your sensitivity to pain actually get worse. Relying on pain pills prevent you from building up resilience, which is a key part of getting better.

Studies have also found that opioids don’t work any better than other medications for treating chronic pain.

depressed businessman looking out the window of his office

Ignoring the Problem and Hoping It'll Go Away

The absolute worse thing you can do for your chronic pain is to pretend it isn’t there. Some people who experience low levels of pain all the time feel like they’re making it up or imagining it.

Trying to push through the problem is another way of ignoring it. The longer you go without addressing your chronic pain, the more you risk developing complications. Get help now, while the pain is still manageable. 

pile of cigarette butts

Self-medicating with Alcohol and Smoking

It’s tempting to turn to alcohol or cigarettes to try and drink or smoke your problems away. But both options actually increase your inflammation levels and in turn don’t do anything to address the problem at hand.

While small amounts of alcohol can improve your pain levels, anything more than a little bit can make your pain worse. Another problem with alcohol is that it has bad interactions with many medications and other substances.

Nicotine also slows down your body’s ability to heal and receive oxygen. This means you are stuck in your pain until you can give up the smokes.

Instead of turning to short term solutions for a long-term problem, considering making some lifestyle changes. Regular movement is a great way to make sure your joints don’t lock up. Improving your diet can also help your body receive illness fighting minerals it desperately needs.

Stay away from these ineffective treatment methods to avoid making your pain worse than it already is. Your body will thank you and your life will be a little better overall.

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